Rockwall Council to discuss spending $25,000 for concert, May bond election tonight

ROCKWALL – The Rockwall City Council will meet tonight at 6 pm at City Hall to consider spending $25,000 for the May 19 Founder’s Day Concert, plus adopting a resolution calling for a May 2012 bond election and a public information plan to promote it.

The Council voted last month to hold a $59 million bond election May 12 and let voters decide the fate of four capital improvement projects. If all are approved – in a worst case scenario – the 50.31 cents per $100 valuation tax rate could increase 15.6 cents, a 30% hike.

The projects are:

-Complex ($25.1 million)
-Downtown Improvements ($10.2 million)
-Development of Heritage Park ($4.9 million)
-Street Projects ($19.2 million)

The athletic complex would require 162 acres of land. It would include nine baseball fields, three softball fields and two synthetic turf fields along with two soccer enclaves with a variety of field sizes, a football-soccer practice area and playground, a pavilion and concession and restroom facilities.

Downtown improvements would include sidewalk and street reconstruction, landscaping and lighting. At Heritage Park, visitors could view the “rock wall,” which gave Rockwall its name.

Street projects range from ramps along Interstate 30 and work on Boydstun Street and County Line Road.

A seven-member committee tasked with the job of a text review of the updated Comprehensive Master Plan was appointed by Council members. They requested that the review be completed in 30 days.

Appointed to the committee were: Bob Cotti, Nell Welborn, Sharon Hilgartner, Kevin Shepherd, Mayor David Sweet and council members David White and Mark Russo.

Other matters to be discussed tonight include:

  • Concerns associated with noise at The Harbor
  • The City’s Strategic Planning initiatives
  • Financial planning associated with water conservation
  • Demolition of a dangerous building located at 880 FM 1141
  • Sign ordinance regulations, including those related to banner signs

By J.J. Smith, Publisher




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